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LUBS1760
Module Reading List

Business and Society (Organisation Theory), 2021/22, Semester 2
Gerard Looker
G.Looker@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1: Taylor and Scientific Management

Key readings:

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Bureaucracy and Scientific Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage. (Pages: 34-42) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.  

Warner, M. (1994) ‘Japanese culture, western management: Taylorism and human resources in Japan’, Organization Studies, 15(4): 509-533

Wright, C. (1993) ‘Taylorism revisited: the impact of scientific management within the Australian workplace’, Labour History, May, 34-53

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation, Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapter 2)   

Additional readings:

Braverman, H. (1974) Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, Monthly Review Press, (introduction and chapters 4 and 5)

Taylor, F.W. (1911/1967) ‘Fundamentals of Scientific Management’, in The Principles of Scientific Management. New York: Harper and Row.

 

 

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Week 2: Mayo and the Human Relations school

Key reading: 

 Grey, C. (2008) ‘Human Relations Theory and People Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage .  

Additional readings:

O’Connor, E. (1999) ‘Minding the Workers: The Meaning of ‘Human’ and ‘Human Relations’ in Elton Mayo’, Organization : the interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory and society., 6: 223-246.

Bramel, D. and Friend, R. (1981) ‘Hawthorne, The Myth of the Docile Worker, and Class Bias in Psychology’, The American psychologist., 36: 867-878.

 

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Week 3: Ford and Mass Production

 Key readings:

Taylor, P. and Bain, P. (1999) ‘An assembly line in the head’: work and employee relations in the call centre’, Industrial Relations Journal, 30(2): 101-117

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)      

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation , Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapters 4 and 5)

K. Williams et al.(1992), Ford Versus Fordism: The Beginings of Mass Production, Work, employment and society. Vol 6.,. Available online 

P. Thompson and D. McHugh (2002), Work Organisations, London: Macmillan Chapter 2 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva   

Additional readings:

H. Beynon (1985), Working For Ford. Harmondsworth: Penguin..

Meyer, S. (1981) The five dollar day : labor management and social control in the Ford Motor Company 1908-1921, SUNY Press, Albany

G. Ritzer (1993), The McDonaldization of Society. California: Pine Forge Press.

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Week 4: The growth of the modern corporation

Key reading:

Ackroyd, S. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Chapters 3 and 4). Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Williamson, O.E., 1981. The modern corporation: origins, evolution, attributes. Journal of economic literature, 19(4), pp.1537-1568.

Additional readings:

Chandler, A.D. (1977) The Visible Hand. London, Harvard University Press (Abridged version in Putterman, L. (1986) The Economic Nature of the Firm).

Chandler, A.D. (1984) ‘The emergence of managerial capitalism’ in Supple, B. (ed.) The rise of big business, Aldershot: Edward Elgar Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

 

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Week 5: Lean production/Japanese management

Williams, K et al. (1992) ‘Against lean production’, Economy and society., 21, 3.    

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (Chapter 3). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Stewart, P. (1997) ‘Beyond Japan, beyond consensus? From Japanese management to lean production’, Asia Pacific Business Review.

Additional readings:

Elger, T. and Smith, C. (1994) ‘Global Japanisation? ’ in T. Elger and C. Smith (eds) Global Japanization? : the transnational transformation of the labour process. London: Routledge.

Roper, I, Prabhu, V. and Van Zwandenberg, N. (1997) ‘(Only) Just-in-Time: Japanisation and the ‘Non-Learning’ Firm’, Work, employment and society., Vol 11. No. 1, pp. 27-46

Holweg, M. (2007). The genealogy of lean production. Journal of operations management., 25(2), 420-437.

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (esp. pages 17-69).

 

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Week 6: Alternative organisations 

Key readings:

Cheney G, Santa Cruz I, Peredo AM, Nazareno E. Worker cooperatives as an organizational alternative: Challenges, achievements and promise in business governance and ownership. Organization. 2014;21(5):591-603.

Ozarow, D.  and Croucher, R. 2014. ‘Workers’ Self-management, Recovered Companies and the Sociology of Work’ Sociology 48(5) 989–1006.

Additional readings:

Atzeni, M. Alternative Work Organizations. London, Palgrave.

Atzeni M and Ghigliani P (2007) Labour process and decision-making in factories under workers’ self-management. Work, Employment and Society 21(4): 653–71.

Azzellini, D and Ness, I. 2011. Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books.

Guerci M, Sferrazzo R, Cabras F, Radaelli G, X P. Organized Crime and Employment Relations: A Personal Story of ‘Ndrangheta Control on Employment Relations Management Practices in Southern Italy. Work, Employment and Society. July 2021. doi:10.1177/09500170211021543

Novkovic, S. and Webb, T. 2014. Co-operatives in a Post Growth Era. London: Zed Books.

Parker, M. 2011. Alternative Business: Outlaws, Crime and Culture (Routledge, London).

Parker, M. 2014. The companion to alternative organisation. Routledge, London.

Parker, M., Stoborod, K., & Swann, T. (2020). Anarchism, Organization and Management: Critical Perspectives for Students. (1st ed.) Routledge.

Heras-Saizarbitoria, I. 2014. ‘The ties that bind? Exploring the basic principles of worker-owned organizations in practive’ Organization 21(5): pp. 645-665.

 

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Week 7: Decolonising organisational theory

Key readings:

Frenkel M, Shenhav Y. (2006) 'From Binarism Back to Hybridity: A Postcolonial Reading of Management and Organization Studies' Organization Studies 27(6):855-876.

Banerjee S.B. (2021) Decolonizing Management Theory: A Critical Perspective' Journal of Management Studies https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12756

 

Additional readings:

Banerjee, S. B. and Prasad, A. (2008). Introduction to the special issue on "critical reflections on management and organizations: A postcolonial perspective". Critical Perspectives on International Business, 4(2/3), pp. 90-98. doi: 10.1108/17422040810869963

Jack G, Westwood R, Srinivas N and Sardar Z. 2011. ‘Deepening, broadening and re-asserting a postcolonial interrogative space in organization studies’ Organization 18(3) 275–302.

Nkomo, S.M.  2011. ‘A postcolonial and anti-colonial reading of ‘African’ leadership and management in organization studies: tensions, contradictions and possibilities’ Organization 18(3) 365–386.

Raman, K.R. 2020. ‘Can the Dalit woman speak? How ‘intersectionality’ helps advance postcolonial organization studies’ Organization 27(2) 272–290.

 

 

 

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Week 8: Post-bureaucracy and the flexible firm

Key readings:

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Atkinson, J. (1984) 'Manpower Strategies for Flexible Organisations' Personnel management., August, 1984 pp 28 31. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage.  

Additional readings

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Pollert, A. (1988) 'The Flexible Firm: Fixation or Fact? ', Work, employment and society.,

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D (2002) Work Organisations, Palgrave: Hampshire (Chapter 11)

Hirst Paul & Zeitlin Jonathan (1991) Flexible specialization versus post-Fordism: theory, evidence and policy implications, Economy and society., 20:1, 5-9

 

 

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Week 9: The development of management and the rise of business schools

Key readings

Pfeffer, J. and Fong, C. (2004) ‘The business school ‘business’: some lessons from the US experience’, Journal of Management Studies, 41(8): 1501-1520

Ferlie, E. et al. (2010) ‘Developing a public interest school of management’, British Journal of Management, 21:60-70

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Business schools and the myth of management education, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage    

Additional reading:

Ackroyd, D. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change: Oxford: OUP Chapters 3 and 4 Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

 

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Week 10: Management in transition societies

Key readings

Milanovic, B. (2019) Capitalism Alone, The Future of The System that Rules the World, London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, pages 67-91   

Additional readings

Stenning, A. (2005) ‘Re-placing work: economic transformations and the shape of a community in post-socialist Poland’, Work, Employment and Society,19(2), 235-259

Clark, S. (2005) ‘Post-socialist trade unions: China and Russia’, Industrial Relations Journal, 36(1): 2-18

Lucas, R. et al. (2004) ‘HRM practice in emerging economies: a long way to go in the Slovak hotel industry’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 15(7): 1262-1279

Crowley, S. and Stanojevic, M. (2011) ‘Varieties of capitalism, power resources, and historical legacies: explaining the Slovenian exception’, Politics and Society, 39(2): 268-295

Woolfson, C. (2007) ‘Pushing the envelope: the ‘informalization’ of labour in post communist new EU member states’, Work, Employment and Society, 21(3):551-654.

Bohle, D. (2010) ‘Countries in distress: transformation, transnationalization, and the crisis in Hungary and Latvia’, EMECON: Employment and Economic in Central and East Europe, 1; available at http://www.emecon.eu/current-issue/bohle/?sword_list[0]=hungary  

 

 

This list was last updated on 13/02/2022